Leadership Inspirations Activities

Ha!

Pass the “Ha” as loud as you can without being eliminated

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Energizer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

This activity requires you to focus and get a little silly. Pass the “Ha” around the circle as fast as you can to make sure you are the last one standing.

 

SET UP

  • Have all participants stand up and form a large circle. Each person needs to be able to make direct eye contact with everyone in the circle.
  • Facilitator Note: This is a difficult activity to explain without first seeing it played. It is recommended that you observe the activity at least once before attempting to facilitate the activity.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have the participants stand in a circle with their hands together (similar to a prayer position with their hands close to their chests)
  • Ha! Is like a game of catch where the “Ha!” is passed from one participant to another. In order to pass the “Ha!” you must yell “HA!” while pointing your joined hands at your intended target. For larger groups it is helpful to instruct the group to take a step into the circle to make it clear who they are pointing at.
  • In order to catch the “Ha!”, the next person must first raise their joined hands up over their heads and yell “HA!” before they can pass the “Ha!” as previously described.
  • Once the “Ha!” is passed, the people on the left and right of the person receiving the “Ha!” must raise their hands as well and yell “HA!” but their hands must lean towards the person receiving the “Ha!” as if they are helping to catch it.
    • Note: This is only after the first person passes the “Ha!”. The people to the left and right of the person that starts do not need to do this step for the starting pass.
  • When the participants get the hang of the activity, turn it into an elimination game. If a player makes a mistake, they are out and must leave the circle. After closing up the circle, restart the game. Play until there are 2 people left.

VARIATIONS

  • Have participants that have been eliminated distract players.
  • Once players get the hang of “Ha”, you can change the game to “Wa”. The rules are the same, but instead of raising your hands to catch the “Wa”, you have to thrust your hands downwards. The people to the right and left will also have to thrust their arms downwards towards the person receiving the “Wa”.
  • Bloop: A hybrid game of Ha! and Zoo. Each person chooses their own sound – they only need to remember their own sound. They will pass their sound to someone else. The person receiving the sound (and the person to their left and right) will catch that sound by repeating it, just like in Ha!. Then, whoever caught the sound will move the game along by passing their own sound to someone else in the circle. The sounds should change with each pass. 
  • Name Ha!: Played just like Ha! But catch your own name, pass someone else’s. Must be to the correct person or you’re out! 

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?